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Learning to pray is learning to live as fully as possible in the present moment.  John Main OSB http://meditativeprayer.org
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Abide in Prayer - Soul Shepherding

Abide in Prayer - Soul Shepherding | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

Maybe people that we work with in spiritual direction/mentoring find it hard to be still with Jesus. When they get alone and quiet themselves for prayer they have trouble settling down. Their bodies are antsy. Their minds are restless and wander from one thought to another. 


Using short phrases from Scripture is a way to practice our abiding in prayer. It’s a way into contemplative prayer in which we seek to be still with Jesus and grow in his peace and power.

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How to Practice Meditative Prayer

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Prayer series: Click | View Series In Hebrew thought, to meditate upon the Scriptures is to quietly repeat them, giving oneself entirely to God, and abandoning outside distractions.
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Simple instructions for meditative prayer 

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What is Meditation? | The World Community for Christian Meditation

What is Meditation? | The World Community for Christian Meditation | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
The WCCM International Website. Resources, meditation groups lists, newsletters and information on the meditation practice and all the Community activities worldwide.

Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice that we find at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone from wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and keep on beginning.

http://wccm.org/content/what-meditation


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Watch: Study Shows Startling Images Of Brain Activity While Praying

Watch: Study Shows Startling Images Of Brain Activity While Praying | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

How do prayer and meditation affect brain activity?  Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD, is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomson Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, and he has studied the neuroscientific effect of religious and spiritual experiences for decades.

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TICKLE ME TUESDAY PRAYING IS NOT JOKE! LOOK AT THIS BRAIN ON PRAYING!

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Breath Prayers

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Richard Foster in his book, Prayer, refers to this kind of meditative prayer as “prayer of the heart” (p. 141). Quiet, reflective prayers are a way to overcome the mind’s tendency to wander and get distracted.  It’s a way to increase your consciousness and appreciation of God’s presence.  It’s a way to “let the word of Christ dwell in your richly” (Colossians 3:16).

http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/07/breath-prayers/


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Bill Gaultiere provides techniques for meditative prayer using breath, the body and scripture as a way to deepen one's prayer and connection to God from a Christian point of view. There are many lovely and creative techniques in this article. Some of these techniques are similar to centering prayer, but integrate scripture and the use of breath in different ways than centering prayer. 

http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/07/breath-prayers/


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The Power of Prayer - Mainline Today

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Neurotheology explores the effect of prayer on the brain, and the results so far have been enlightening.

By scanning the brain activity of people while they pray, he's found that, during meditative prayer, the frontal lobes that handle concentration “light up” and the parietal lobes that process outside sensory information “go dark.” The reaction happens in people of all different faiths


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